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All Things Food / Re: Bread/Yeast question.
« on: December 14, 2010, 08:51:07 AM »
Ooooooohhhh, make bread with the yeast cake! Does that work?

It works, but not as well as bread yeast IMO.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Want a bigger better bottle?
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:13:14 AM »
I don't really see any problem with 6.5 gallon glass carboys.  I use them mainly because I like to see the fermentation activity and to use an undrilled bung to shake for aeration.

To me, thew whole carboy shape just doesn't lend itself to easy cleaning or storage compared to buckets.  I could care less about being able to see fermentation activity.  If I really want to see it, I open the lid.  And I would never shake or rock a carboy for aeration.  It's inefficient compared to other methods, not to mention dangerous.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Double Batch Sparge
« on: December 13, 2010, 10:26:59 AM »
Only when the grist bill is so large I can't fit in all the water at once, which isn't often.  Personally, I'd just get a bigger cooler if it was a regular thing, but if you're happy with you procedure, there's nothing wrong with it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Want a bigger better bottle?
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:40:19 AM »
Carboys are antiquated, IMO.  If you're trying to move away from glass (a good idea for safety reasons), there's no reason to remain attached to the shape of a blown glass carboy.

I'd much rather have a 7.5 gallon Better Bucket made of PET so I can have plenty of head space, and be able to watch the cool fermentation process.  It would also be far easier to dry hop or do fruit additions in the secondary.  It would be much easier to clean, as well (just pop off the lid).  I'd also like it to be usable as a bottling bucket--installing a spigot would be much easier and cheaper in a bucket than a carboy.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stir when dry hopping
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:39:06 AM »
   I should correct: it is a 5 gallon not a 6 gallon, and it has a bottling spigot I plan to use to bottle directly from the carboy.

  Using a weight to keep the hop bag submerged sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the help guys.
There's really nothing gained IMO by weighting the bag.  I get the same results with or without weight.  You can gently swirl your fermenter once in a while to promote contact.

What happens if you dry hop  without any hop bag? Would this require some type of strainer/filter on the hose?

The hops eventually sink, or of they don't you can just rack out from under them.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Lager attempt.
« on: December 12, 2010, 01:53:12 PM »
Where did you find undermodified 6 row?  I haven't seen any for years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Amaranth Beer
« on: December 12, 2010, 01:50:56 PM »
Dear Brewers!

Does anyone have experience brewing with amaranth?  I just figured out how to sprout amaranth and came up with my own recipe, but I wanted to share and see what everybody else creates.

J. Kayne Keele

The info is in the link…!/Jasonkeele

I've had beers made with amaranth, but I've never used it.  Any idea what the gelatinization temp is?

Excuse the noob..... but would it help to put a piece of copper in the secondary?

I don't know the correlation between copper and sulfur, but I wouldn't do it.  The low pH of the beer will cause problems with copper.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out?
« on: December 11, 2010, 09:10:52 PM »
Seems like it would be a lot more controllable to just raise your mash temp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:25:05 PM »
The best thing to do would be to get about a qt. of yeast from a brewery.  I assume you're talking about dry yeast.  In that case I'd use about 3 packs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:17:19 PM »
Boy, I've got maybe 10 fermometers and they're remarkably accurate.  Maybe you got a dud, dude.  And it may just be CO2 coming out of solution since you warmed it up as opposed to fermentation.

No reason to be disappointed by the facts.

Events / Re: How do I get my member number
« on: December 11, 2010, 10:12:42 AM »
Contact Kathryn Porter....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Stuck Fermentation Question
« on: December 10, 2010, 06:39:52 PM »
None of the things I stated are wrong all the time. Maybe or maybe not in this case, but not all the time. None of us can pinpoint the exact cause with 100% certainty in any one specific case.

So, I'm jus' sayin'...

And in this I absolutely agree.

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